Rob Liefeld (Youngblood, Deadpool, X-Force) celebrates the 25th anniversary of Extreme Studios at Big Red Comics on Thursday March 30, 2017 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM! Details at the link…
Artists Scheduled to Appear include:
- Jeff Matsuda – Extreme’s New Men/Kaboom – Producer and director of The Batman animated series, Jackie Chan Adventures and Wolverine for Marvel animation.
Dan Fraga – Extreme’s Brigade, Bloodstrike – Senior Producer/Director for Mattel’s Max Steele, Monster High, Ricky Gervais Show
- Andy Park – Extreme’s Avengelyne – Marvel Studios Visual Development Supervisor Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: Civil War, Ant–Man, Doctor Strange, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
- Shannon Denton – Extreme’s Youngblood, Brigade – Producer of Con Man, writer on Justice League Action, Ben 10, Avengers animated series.
- Chap Yaep – Extreme’s Youngblood, Warchild – Producer/director on Ben 10
- Todd Nauck – Extreme’s New Men– Marvel’s X-Men, Deadpool, DC’s Young Justice
- Marat Mychaels – Extreme’s Brigade– Marvel’s Deadpool Corps.
- Norm Rapmund – Extreme’s Brigade – DC Comics Teen Titans, Flash
- Art Thibert – Extreme’s Brigade – DC Comics Superman, Batman
- Danny Miki – Extreme’s Youngblood, Bloodstrike, – DC Comics Batman.
- Matt Hawkins – Extreme’s Avengelyne – Top Cow’s Think Tank, Postal
- Dan Panosian – Extreme’s Prophet – Marvel’s X-Men, Logan
- Karl Altstaetter – Extreme’s Bloodstrike, – Senior Designer Mattel Toys, Mirror
Big Red Comics
162 N Glassell Street, Orange, CA 92866
Planet Comicon Kansas City is very excited to announce the SECOND US appearance of Catherine Tate, the fan-favorite Donna Noble on Doctor Who, as well as many other popular roles on shows such as The Office and The Catherine Tate Show. Catherine will be joining Doctor Who alums John Barrowman and Billie Piper and all three will be available for combo photo ops.
SATURDAY and SUNDAY ONLY
Actor and writer, Catherine Tate is well known in the UK and internationally for a diversity of work in television, film and on the stage – in particular, for her own creation, the award winning The Catherine Tate Show.
She made her first appearance in Doctor Who as jilted bride, Donna Noble. She then joined the doctor, played by David Tennant, as his companion for the entire run of Season 4 and for the two-part End of Time specials. More recently, she reprised the role of Donna Noble in three Doctor Who audio dramas alongside David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor.
Catherine has appeared on US television screens as Nellie Bertram in The Office, making her entrance at the end of Season 7 and returning for the second half of Season 8 and all of Season 9.
In between filming for Seasons 7 and 8 of The Office, Catherine returned to the UK to play Beatrice opposite David Tennant’s Benedick in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing in London’s West End. She has continued to mix theatre, film and television work and most recently took The Catherine Tate Show on a live tour of the UK, playing to 27 cities over 31 nights.
Previously announced guests include Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Summer Glau (Firefly), Jason Isaacs (Star Trek: Discovery), Wil Wheaton (Star Trek, Big Bang Theory), John DiMaggio (Futurama), Jim Beaver (Supernatural), Ric Flair (wrestling legend), and dozens more. Check out the ever-growing media guest roster at www.planetcomicon.com.
Anime Boston 2017 will host the the English dub premiere of SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE: ORDINAL SCALE before its North American tour. Be one of the first to watch this amazing dub on the big screen before it’s released anywhere! After the screening, AB 2017 guests Cherami Leigh (Asuna), Michelle Ruff (Sinon), and Patrick Seitz (Agil) will take center stage and for a special Q&A session!
About Sword Art Online:
The animated TV series Sword Art Online is based on author Reki Kawahara’s light novel (winner of the 15th Dengeki Novel Award Grand Prize) in which the protagonist Kirito fights to survive in the mysterious next-gen VRMMORPG called “Sword Art Online.” Since the first volume of the novel was published in April 2009, the series has proved extremely popular, with cumulative sales exceeding 12.5 million units in Japan and 19 million worldwide, spawning two TV anime adaptations, video games, comic books, and merchandise.
Story of Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale-:
In 2022, the world of virtual reality was upended by the arrival of a new invention from a genius programmer, Akihiko Kayaba, called NerveGear. It was the first full-dive system, and with it, came endless possibilities to VRMMORPGs.
In 2026, a new machine called the Augma is developed to compete against the NerveGear and its successor, the Amusphere. A next-gen wearable device, the Augma doesn’t have a full-dive function like its predecessors. Instead, it uses Augmented Reality (AR) to get players into the game. It is safe, user-friendly and lets users play while they are conscious, making it an instant hit on the market. The most popular game on the system is “Ordinal Scale” (aka: OS), an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma.
Asuna and the gang have already been playing OS for a while, by the time Kirito decides to join them. They’re about to find out that Ordinal Scale isn’t all fun and games
Star Wars Celebration welcomes Billy Dee Williams, Vanessa Marshall, Alan Tudyk, and Matthew Wood!
These new Autographing Guests will be in the Autograph Hall at Star Wars Celebration. Celebration is very happy to be working with Topps on the Celebration Autograph Hall. For more information on purchasing Autographs and Photo Ops, please check out Star Wars Authentics.
Billy Dee Williams: Lando Calrissian, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Star Wars Rebels
Hollywood icon Billy Dee Williams was an exceptional addition to the cast of heroes in the Star Wars universe, backed by his powerful performance opposite Diana Ross in the films Mahogany and Lady Sings the Blues. Appearing in both Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Williams brought the iconic character Lando Calrissian to life on the big screen.
Williams’ career includes roles in the films Undercover Brother, Nighthawks, Bingo Long, Batman, and Bryan’s Song. He’s been nominated for the Emmy and Independent Spirit Awards, and been presented the TV Land and Image Awards for his performances. In the world of television, Williams has appeared on Dynasty, Lost, NCIS, Night Shift, and Glee to name a few. He has voiced Lando Calrissian in video games, television specials, and in Star Wars Rebels.
Vanessa Marshall: Voice of Hera Syndulla, Star Wars Rebels and Rogue One.
An accomplished artist and author, Williams has been nominated for a Guggenheim Award and won an Hallgarten Award, an honor in the art world.
A graduate of Princeton University with a Masters in acting from NYU, Vanessa Marshall plays Hera in “Star Wars: Rebels,” Gamora in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Mary Jane in “The Spectacular Spider-man,” Wonder Woman in “Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox,” Poison Ivy in “Batman: Brave and the Bold,” Black Canary in “Young Justice,” and Black Widow in “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.” In the world of games, she voiced Olga in “Metal Gear Solid 2,” H.Q. in “Socom II” and Jan Ors in “Star Wars: Jedi Knights II.” She is currently the voice of Freeform, and she has also done promos for CBS, HGTV, and MTV. As a stand up comic and former “plus-size” model, she also created a one-woman show “Got Phat?” – which ran successfully in both LA & NYC. See www.VanessaMarshall.com for more details. Follow her @vanmarshall on Twitter and @vanessamarshall1138 on Instagram.
Alan Tudyk: K-2SO, Rogue One
Alan Tudyk is a multi-dimensional actor whose credits span throughout stage, film, television and voiceover entertainment platforms. Over the span of his career, his films have garnered over $2 Billion at the Box Office.
In 2016, Tudyk appeared in Lucasfilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” as the scene-stealing and snarky, security droid, ‘K-2SO.’ Directed by Gareth Edwards, the film grossed over $1 billion at the global box office and is the first live action Star Wars spin-off. He also voiced characters in two Academy-Award nominated animated films, playing the ‘Duke of Weaselton’ in Disney’s “Zootopia” and the rooster ‘Hei Hei’ in Disney’s “Moana.”
Tudyk also stars as ‘Van’ in NBC’s new upcoming workplace comedy “Powerless,” opposite Vanessa Hudgens. Danny Pudi, Ron Funches, and Christina Kirk also star. “Powerless” is the first comedy series set in the universe of DC Comics, where the story follows the reality of working life for a normal, powerless person in a world of superheroes and villains. “Powerless” premiered February 2, 2017.
Tudyk is also the creator and star of the record breaking web series, “Con Man.”Executive produced by Tudyk, Nathan Fillion and author PJ Haarsma, the series was funded via Indiegogo, resulting in a record-breaking $3.2 million donation which had the support of over 46,000 fans from around the world. The second season of the series debuted on Lionsgate’s Comic-Con HQ on December 8th. Loosely based on Tudyk’s and Fillion’s experiences starring in “Firefly,” “Con Man” centers on the post-show life of ‘Wray Nerely’ (Tudyk), the co-star of “Spectrum,” a sci-fi TV series canceled before its time that later became a cult classic beloved by fans. ‘Wray’s’ best friend, ‘Jack Moore’ (Fillion) starred as the series’ Captain and has gone on to become a major celebrity, while ‘Wray’ continues to struggle to find his big break. While ‘Jack’ enjoys the life of an A-lister, ‘Wray’ is the begrudging guest of sci-fi conventions, comic book store appearances and different pop culture events. The series explores these events and all the crazy and real things that happen behind the scenes in the world of fandom. In 2016, Tudyk, along with Fillion, also launched “Con Man: The Game” based on the series. The game allows players to build and host their own comic book conventions and can be downloaded for free on iTunes and Google Play.
Tudyk has shown audiences wide versatility in numerous television shows and a plethora of feature films. Most recently he co-starred in the Jay Roach 2015 SAG Award nominated feature “Trumbo,” opposite Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Louie CK, Michael Stuhlbarg and Stephen Root as well as 2014’s “Welcome to Me” with Kristin Wiig. In 2013, Tudyk co-starred in the well-received Jackie Robinson biopic, “42,” as former Phillies manager ‘Ben Chapman.’ He made his feature film debut in 1998, when he first appeared opposite Robin Williams in “Patch Adams.”
Tudyk’s role in the Disney’s animated feature, “Wreck it Ralph,” garnered him an Annie Award for his role as ‘King Candy.’ He returned to the recording booth to voice ‘The Duke of Weaselton’ in Disney’s Academy Award-winning “Frozen.” He continued his work with Disney Animation Studios voicing ‘Alister Krei’ in “Big Hero 6” and will reprise his role in the upcoming “Big Hero 6” television series on Disney XD. He can also be heard as ‘Ludo’ and ‘King Butterfly’ on the Disney Channel series, “Star vs. the Forces of Evil,” which had its second season premiere on July 11th. Tudyk has also done voice work for many other features, television shows and video games.
His film credits also include: “Wonder Boys,” “28 Days,” “A Knight’s Tale,” “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “Death at a Funeral” (the original UK version), “Knocked Up,” “Tucker and Dale vs Evil,” “3:10 to Yuma,” “Serenity,” “Premature,” “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter,” and “Transformers 3.” Additionally, Tudyk motion performed the lead robot, ‘Sonny,’ in “I, Robot” opposite Will Smith.
In television, Tudyk was a series regular on the critically acclaimed ABC comedy, “Suburgatory” and he reprised his role in the Netflix revival of “Arrested Development” as ‘Pastor Veal.’ His work on Joss Whedon’s “Firefly,” has been highly lauded by fans and has gained him a strong cult following. Tudyk also appeared in “Strangers with Candy,” “Dollhouse,” “Frasier,” and “Justified.” He also was the host of “Newsreaders,” written and produced by Rob Corddry and David Wain, on Adult Swim.
Tudyk attended the prestigious Juilliard School in New York and has starred on Broadway opposite Kristin Chenoweth in “Epic Proportions,” played ‘Lancelot’ with the original cast in Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” as well as the lead role of ‘Peter’ in “Prelude to a Kiss” opposite John Mahoney.
Tudyk grew up in Plano, Texas and lives in Los Angeles.
Matthew Wood: Voice of General Grievous, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and The Clone Wars
Matthew Wood has been bringing digital technology to the forefront of filmmaking for over 25 years. As a film and journalism major in college, Matthew realized the potential for blending his creative studies with his lifelong passion for computers, and this innovative edge singled him out. He was invited to join Lucasfilm as a part of the Sound Droid development team at age 17 in 1990.
Through the ‘90s, Wood worked on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Mission Impossible (1994), Con Air, Eraser, and finally Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in 1997 as Supervising Sound Editor, a role he reprised on both Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
In addition to his work in sound, Wood lent his acting talents to the roles of Bib Fortuna and Ody Mandrell in The Phantom Menace and the voices of Magaloof and Seboca in Attack of the Clones. Revenge of the Sith would allow Matthew to expand his acting in the prequels one giant step further, landing the role of the voice of General Grievous for Revenge of the Sith.
Starting in 2006, Matthew started working on the Emmy award winning Star Wars: The Clone Wars, reprising his role as the voice of General Grievous and behind the scenes as Supervising Sound Editor. He picked up new voices roles as all the battle droids, Wat Tambor and Poggle the Lessor.
In between Star Wars projects, Matthew supervised the soundtracks at Skywalker Sound on Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood as well as Disney/Pixar’s Wall*E which earned him a BAFTA and Academy Award nominations on both films.
After working with J.J. Abrams on Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness, Matthew was the natural choice to supervise Star Wars: The Force Awakens, garnering BAFTA and Academy nominations once again.
Currently, Wood has been very busy as the Supervising Sound Editor on the Star Wars Rebels animated series, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He is also voicing a main character “Roger” the battle droid on Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures.
For tickets and further information please go to the website: www.starwarscelebration.com
March 10, 2017 by Joe Fauvel
Filed under Animation, Anime, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Cosplay, Gaming, Horror, Manga, Movies, New York, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Sports, Television, Video Games, Webcomics
Big Apple Comic Con has just been informed that due to health issues Stan Lee will not be appearing at the convention Saturday March 11th or Sunday March 12th.
For those wanting to purchase items autographed by Stan, the Stan Lee Collectibles booth will be in hand with a variety of signed items.
Let’s all wish Stan well and party like you know he wants us to!
In his place will be legendary Jim Lee!
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March 10, 2017 by Joe Fauvel
Filed under Animation, Anime, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Cosplay, Florida, Gaming, Horror, Manga, Movies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Sports, Television, Video Games, Webcomics
Guest at the show…We are featuring Tugg the Superhero Dog. Come meet John Beatty, Barry and Jenni Gregory, Roland Mann , Martin Pierro, Jon Pinto, Tim Proctor, Jess Blais. Over 50 vendors with toys, comics, collectibles and more. Costume contest, face painting, photo booth, kids activity zone and more.
Visit their website HERE!
- Have you heard the news? Jason Isaacs is the captain in the new Star Trek series!
- Stephen Amell, star of the hit CW show Arrow, returns to Kansas City to meet his fans.
- Doctor Who’s Rose Tyler, Billie Piper, makes her first Planet Comicon appearance.
Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Wars Rebels) signs her new cookbook at Barnes & Noble on Tuesday April 4, 2017 at 12:30 PM.
This is a wristbanded event. Wristbands will be provided at the cash register at the time of purchase. Books will be available at the cash registers starting at 9am the day of the signing. Customers should maintain their receipts and be prepared to present them to a member of the events team upon request. The line will begin outside of the front entrance.
Personalization and posed photography at the signing table are allowed. The signing of any memorabilia is prohibited. No bags are allowed in the event space.
Barnes & Noble
555 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017
Join Collector’s Paradise Pasadena and the Pasadena Public Library on Saturday March 11th at 2:00 PM to celebrate the legendary graphic artist, Will Eisner (1917-2005), and the 100th anniversary of his birth. Eisner was a pioneer in the creation of comics during the “Golden Age” of the 1930s and ‘40s, achieving fame with his noir crime-fighting superhero, The Spirit. At one time or another, many comics greats worked with Eisner including Jules Feiffer, Wally Wood, Jack Kirby, Al Jaffee, and Mike Ploog.
Eisner devoted himself to producing educational and instructional sequential art, a term he coined. In 1978, Eisner once again reinvented himself – and the medium – with his graphic novel, A Contract with God. Will Eisner’s graphic novels and textbooks are still in print in 15 worldwide languages. The prestigious Will Eisner Awards, the “Oscars of the Comics Industry,” are presented at San Diego
Comic-Con, the world’s largest comics convention.
Pasadena Public Library’s Eisner celebration will feature a panel discussion moderated by Julie Benson of the Nerdist Comics Panel and comics artists and authors; Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Meg Hutchison, Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, Andrew Miller, Richard Starkings, and James Tynion IV. Books will be for sale and signing following the event. The Nerdist will be recording the panel for a podcast.
Pasadena Public Library
285 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91101
Actress Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy, Futurama, Married with Children) signs at BookPeople on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 6:00 PM.
Popular and award-winning star Katey Sagal chronicles the rollercoaster ride of her life in this series of evocative and beautifully written vignettes, resulting in a life story recounted unlike any other Hollywood memoir you’ve read before.
Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wisecracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children.
603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703